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Downtown Long Beach
Neighborhood of Long Beach
Aerial view of downtown Long Beach, California, looking southwest. San Pedro Bay and the Port of Long Beach are visible beyond, with Catalina Island faintly visible on the horizon.
Aerial view of downtown Long Beach, California, looking southwest. San Pedro Bay and the Port of Long Beach are visible beyond, with Catalina Island faintly visible on the horizon.
Country  United States
State  California
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City Flag of Long Beach, California.png Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach is the heart of Long Beach, California, United States, and is the location for most of the city's major tourist attractions and municipal services. It is also the location for numerous businesses. There are many hotels and restaurants in the area that serve locals, tourists, and convention visitors.

Location

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Downtown Long Beach.
Downtown Long Beach
Downtown Long Beach as seen from the dock of Queen Mary.
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Downtown Long Beach at night.

Downtown Long Beach is bounded by the Los Angeles River to the west, and Ocean Boulevard to the south (south of Ocean is considered the "Downtown Shoreline," a separate area). Alamitos Avenue roughly delimits downtown to the east, although the City's actual downtown zoning extends a few blocks east of Alamitos. Similarly, downtown effectively ends around 7th Street to the north, but the City's downtown zoning carries as far north as Anaheim Street between Pacific Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, and up to 10th Street east of that.

The greater downtown area includes the neighborhoods of the East Village Arts District, the West End, North Pine, the Civic Center, and the "Downtown Core" or central business and entertainment area.

Tourist attractions and shopping

  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Catalina Cruises – boats to Catalina Island
  • East Village Arts District
  • Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
    • Terrace Theater
  • Long Beach Sports Arena (which has one of Wyland's Whaling Walls)
  • Long Beach Plaza – shopping
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • The Pike – shopping
  • Pine Avenue — restaurants and nightclubs
  • Queen Mary – historic ship, hotel, restaurants & conventions (nearby)
  • Rainbow Harbor – shopping and restaurants
  • Shoreline Village – shopping and restaurants

Events

  • Second Saturday Art Walk (East Village)
  • Third Fridays Twilight Walk (Historic Pine Avenue)
  • Certified Organic Farmers Market (Fridays)
  • Bob Marley Reggae Festival (February)
  • Queen Mary Scottish Festival (February)
  • Congressional Cup (sailing races, April)
  • Long Beach Grand Prix (April)
  • Cajun & Zydeco Festival (May)
  • Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade & Festival (May)
  • Aloha Concert Jam (Hawaiian music, June)
  • Anime Expo or AX (SPJA) (Promotion of Japanese Animation & Culture July 2 to July 6)
  • Catalina Ski Race (July)

Transportation

The following are located in Long Beach's downtown area:

  • A transit center of Long Beach Transit (bus)
  • The southern terminus of Metro Rail's Blue Line: Downtown Long Beach Station (Transit Mall Station)
  • The southern end of Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway)
  • Bus service of Greyhound Lines, Amtrak Thruway, Torrance Transit, LADOT, and LACMTA

Architecture

  • International Tower (700 E. Ocean Blvd)
  • Ocean Club (1310 E. Ocean Blvd)
  • Tichenor House (Greene and Greene) (852 E. Ocean Blvd)
  • Villa Riviera (800 E. Ocean Blvd)

Coordinates: 33°46′20″N 118°11′37″W / 33.7721°N 118.1935°W / 33.7721; -118.1935


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